A three-member dispute resolution committee will be setup by MNRE to look at unforeseen disputes that may arise in implementation of contractual agreements and also for issues beyond the scope of Contractual Agreements between solar and wind power developers and implementing agencies like SECI and NTPC.
The panel will be set up with the approval of the renewable energy minister and consist of “eminent persons of impeccable integrity”. The upper age for the DRC members shall be 70 years and they will be chosen from the persons located in NCR of Delhi to avoid expenditure on air travel and accommodation. The order said the selection of DRC Members would be such that there is no conflict of interest involved.
The DRC will consider all cases of appeal against decisions given by SECI on Extension of Time requests based on the terms of contract and also all the requests of Extension of Time not covered under the contractual terms.
“The DRC will examine all such cases referred to it including the cases where the developer is not satisfied with the decision of SECI or NTPC and it decides to appeal after paying the required fee in a time bound manner and submit its recommendations to MNRE not later than 21 days from the date of reference.”The order stated.
Solar and wind energy companies had earlier demanded setting up a dispute resolution mechanism to expeditiously resolve unforeseen disputes that arise beyond the scope of contractual agreements. “The issue has been considered and it is felt that there is a need to erect a transparent, unbiased dispute resolution mechanism consisting of an independent, transparent and unbiased DRC,” the ministry said in an office order.
Source: ET Energyworld
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